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  • Avenue Road
  • Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 7PJ

LLE Support

Local Leaders of Education (LLEs)


LLEs are successful headteachers who are able to support other headteachers.  An LLE must be judged to be a good serving headteacher with at least three years’ experience and have sufficient capacity to support other schools.


Typical activities include:

  • negotiating objectives for improvement

  • coaching and mentoring the headteacher to develop skills, judgement and professional effectiveness

  • supporting or arranging coaching or training for staff in the supported school


To find out more about our LLE's please read their profiles below.


To book an LLE please email

Our LLEs


Gary Soars


I am currently headteacher at Edward Francis Primary School - a two form intake school close to Rayleigh High Street which came into existence after an amalgamation in 2012 which I led the schools through.  I have been a headteacher for over ten years and believe that I am particularly strong in analysing data, managing human & financial resources and securing good progress & attainment.  In recent years I have enjoyed supporting other local schools in a peer reviewing arrangement and have participated in local authority reviews.  I have also recently been temporarily seconded to a local school for a term, whilst a substantive headteacher was appointed, during which they secured a favourable Ofsted judgement.


Jim Johnson


​​I am the Headteacher of Edwards Hall Primary School, a two form entry school on the outskirts of Southend.  In my time at the school I have taken it from Special Measures to Good. The school’s ethos is based on a culture of taking risks and learning from mistakes with ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’ embedded across the school.  Prior to this, I was the Headteacher of Bonnygate Primary School in Thurrock.  I have worked as a School Support Partner in Southend and a School Improvement Partner in Essex.  These roles included mentoring and coaching staff; monitoring the quality of teaching and learning; supporting schools with restructuring; advising on the Headteacher Appraisal process and leading on peer reviews.  I have also delivered training for school leadership teams and governors on assessment and the use of data to bring about school improvement. I represented the primary sector on the Expert Subject Advisory Groups’ Standards Working Party, producing recommendations on revised Teaching Standards for the Chartered College of Teaching. 


Julia Jones


I am the Headteacher at Barons Court Primary School and Nursery, a one form entry primary school in the centre of Southend. I have led the school as it has grown from an infants school to a full primary school receiving an outstanding Ofsted judgement in 2017. I have been a headteacher for the past six years and have also been an LLE and mentor for new Headteachers across Southend. These roles have included coaching and mentoring school leaders and implementing peer reviews. I have a keen interest in monitoring and evaluating strategic school leadership and embedding curriculum development to ensure that all learners experience an exciting and deep curriculum. I value the role school to school support has to ensure the best possible learning experiences for all within the learning community.